It's been a day of highs and lows.
My Monday started out great, with the notification that my Synapse 25 would arrive a day early. Then the fun of receiving the package, getting all of my packing system laid out, and planning for my upcoming trip on Thursday.
Then, the joy of loading such a great bag! When would it reach capacity? I stuffed a Thinkpad T420 and a MBA 11", along with my minimalist clothing and accessory setup into the bag, and didn't even use the side pockets. Plenty of room to go!
Then the lows. I actually tried on the loaded bag.
Just a bit of background: I've been a wilderness backpacker for over 20 years, and apply many of the same principles (and equipment!) to my business travel. I am quite experienced in loading and fitting bags, and this one just does not fit me.
I am 6'1", ~205lbs, and have a long torso (30" inseam...woohoo, hobbit legs!). I find the Synapse to be woefully short for me, and the straps are set far too narrowly to be comfortable at any degree of load in the bag. In order to use the waist belt, I had to extend the straps quite far, and the bag was sitting way too low. Waist belt usage was never really part of my plan for this bag, but it makes an excellent way of measuring where the bag would need to be positioned to make use of it.
I (not surprisingly) have plenty of other bags/backpacks to try out around the household. Sadly, my S25 was the worst fit of the lot for me.
There was no convincing myself, or thinking "it would break in". It was really clear, despite my love for the bag itself and the wonderful design and craftsmanship that went into it, it was not meant to be.
I'll get it packed up and sent back. I think Badger sold me an A30 with the great write-up today, so I know what I'll be putting on backorder.